There are big expectations for offensive tackle D.J. Humphries when he was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Arizona Cardinals with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Big Red Nation is waiting to see him fulfill his potential. Humphries enters his fourth season with added motivation.

Needing to prove he can dominate at left tackle, Humphries has to keep new quarterback Sam Bradford upright. He's a player who because of injuries who hasn't played a full season in six years.

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"I'm not going to go out there and block any different if he didn't have an injury. I'm going to go there and put out my best effort no matter who is back there," said Humphries.

Humphries is running at 100 percent after missing 11 games last year because of an MCL injury and a dislocated kneecap.

"I'm letting it ride. I do what I'm told. Compliance is key," said Humphries.

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He's priming himself for the war in the trenches going up against All-Pro defensive end Chandler Jones daily in camp.

"They keep telling us to go harder cause we're laughing. Because they think we're not playing hard because we're having fun. I can go hard all day 'cause this is fun. Chandler and I are having a ball out there and we're going to keep having fun," said Humphries.

"Those guys go against each other each and every day. And I was talking, you guys have to make each other better. You know, challenge each other and continue to push each other. He understands that. We are counting on him a lot," said head coach Steve Wilks.

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Having a good time, Humphries is executing his assignments easier under new coach Wilks' simplified blocking schemes.

"Oh, if I don't have to look at five people and just focus on that end? And just bop that dude right there? It's a lot different when I got to look at this guy, that guy, and that guy. I'm pretty smart but godly," said Humphries.

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Under the watchful eye of Wilks, Humphries is out to impress, starting with the person he sees every day in the mirror.

"I try to make a good first impression on myself. I try to make sure I'm pleasing what I put out there on the grass because no one has high expectations out there for me than me. That’s what I try to think about," said Humphries.

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Humphries has come a long way after being nicknamed "Knee Deep" by then-head coach Bruce Arians. He's maturing and a valuable part of an offensive line that could be a strength of the team.

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"I'm a little bit more seasoned now on where I'm supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do. It's a lot less stressful day to day. I like what we got going. All of us as a group has (sic) the same common goal, going out every day and trying to get better then we were yesterday and take steps every day. I'm glad to be part of it and trending in the right direction," said Humphries.

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